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February 24, 2014

The bloody Syrian civil war rages on. (AFP/File)
14:04 GMT

Syrian forces strike a town near Damascus, killing at least four, as Assad continues to battle the opposition for control of Syria.

Jordanian border guards frequently stop arms smugglers at the Jordan-Syria border. (AFP/File)
12:37 GMT

Jordanian border guards foiled an attempt to smuggle ammunition into Jordan early Monday morning.

Apparently the decision was made after a 15-minute long cabinet meeting. (AFP/File)
10:40 GMT

Egypt's army-backed government has resigned, state-run Al Ahram said on its website on Monday.

February 13 marked the third anniversary of the Bahraini uprising (AFP/File)
10:35 GMT

Bombs and clashes shook Bahrain's stability on Monday after two homemade explosive devices went off overnight in a village near capital Manama and police battled rioters, police sources reported.

The tunnels are used for smuggling weapons and insurgents, Egyptian authorities say. (AFP/File)
08:04 GMT

The Egyptian army has destroyed eight more tunnels used for smuggling along the border with the Palestinian Gaza Strip, according to an army spokesman.

Lebanon has been targeted by a number of suicide bombers over Hezbollah's involvement in Syria. Last week, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah vowed that his group would keep fighting in Lebanon's war torn neighbor. (AFP/File)
07:02 GMT

Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri said Hezbollah’s pullout from Syria could put an end to suicide bomb attacks that have struck Lebanese areas where the group enjoys wide support.

Ankara has been forced to deny reports that the Taliban has opened offices in Turkey. (AFP/File)
06:52 GMT

The Turkish government has denied reports that the Taliban has opened an office in capital Ankara in an effort to revive the peace process between Ankara, Pakistan and Turkey.

Morsi may face capital punishment if he is found guilty of leaking defense secrets to Iran, Lebanon and the Palestinians. (AFP/File)
06:44 GMT

An Egyptian prosecutor has alleged that former president Mohamed Morsi gave Egyptian state secrets to Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards. If convicted of this charge, Morsi could face capital punishment.

Shurat Hadin have accused Britain-based charity Oxfam of funding terrorism in the occupied Palestinian territories. (AFP/File)
06:32 GMT

An Israeli legal rights group has urged the British-based charity Oxfam to cut ties with Palestinian organizations linked to terrorist groups.

February 23, 2014

Kuwait’s expatriate community makes up a majority of the oil-rich country’s population of around 4 million – while the indigenous community stands at just 31.3 percent. [ Arabian Gazette]
19:47 GMT

A Kuwait Member of Parliament has called for 280,000 expats per year to be deported, in order to help address the “demographic situation” in the small Gulf state.

Saudi Arabia has recorded 147 MERS cases, of which 61 have now proven fatal, since the virus first emerged in 2012. [Press TV]
19:31 GMT

Saudi Arabia’s health authorities say the death of an elderly woman from the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) has brought the death toll from the illness in the country to 61.

"Iran, in fact, is getting everything and giving virtually nothing," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday. [ AFP]
19:22 GMT

The progress of nuclear talks between Iran and the six major world powers has provoked the ire of Israel, with the Zionist regime intensifying efforts to derail the negotiations.

Al-Suri had been critical of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levenat (ISIL) and its approach toward other rebel factions [AFP]
19:08 GMT

Two extremist militants have killed a senior al-Qaeda operative in Syria’s northern city of Aleppo, as infighting among rival foreign-backed groups continues in the Arab country.

UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) commissioner-general Filippo Grandi  meeting with Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Muqdad in the capital Damascus. [AFP]
18:33 GMT

Syria said Sunday it is ready to cooperate with a rare UN Security Council resolution to allow humanitarian access, so long as it respects "state sovereignty."

Former Prime Minister Hariri left Lebanon in early 2011. (AFP/File).
14:16 GMT

Saad Hariri recently stated that he may return to Lebanon for the president election in the spring.